Saturday, October 16

George RR Martin, games without a console and a Final Fantasy fail: the most important news of E3 2021 | E3

Nintendo announced a new Metroid

We all wanted to see Metroid Prime 4, the long-awaited sci-fi first-person shooter adventure that’s been in development at Nintendo for an absolute era. But instead we got an all-new Metroid, a 2D one in the vein of the SNES and Game Boy Advance classics, the first game in the series in this style for roughly 19 years. Metroid Dread features Samus Aran being hunted by harrowing transforming drone-robots that seem to be largely immune to their ever-expanding range of weapons, and it looks truly terrifying. It will be out on October 8 on Nintendo Switch.

Finally, a look at George RR Martin and Elden Ring from FromSoftware

In the mists of time, before the pandemic, before everything went wrong, it was announced that FromSoftware, the studio behind the dark fantasy classics Dark Souls and Bloodborne, was working on a game with the creator of Game of Thrones, George RR Martin. So seeing the game for the first time felt a bit like time travel to a happier time. There’s nothing here to suggest that the Elden Ring will deviate hugely from the Souls-like template that FromSoftware invented, but it’s exactly as creepy and epic as I’d hoped. And look, he has a horse!

Microsoft brings Xbox games to smart TVs, without a console

The company’s longstanding intention to separate its Xbox Game Pass subscription service from the actual Xbox console appears to be coming to fruition as it announced plans for an Xbox Game Pass smart TV app and some sort of add-on dongle for TVs without Internet connection. , similar to the Amazon Fire Stick or Google Chromecast. Enabled by Microsoft’s Xcloud technology, this will allow Game Pass subscribers to stream games to any device, not just an Xbox, and could change the rules of the game a bit in the future.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is out in 2022

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Photograph: Nintendo

I walked into Nintendo’s E3 showcase in desperate hope that 2021 would be saved with the surprise announcement that Breath of the Wild 2 would be out before the end of the year. That didn’t happen, but the game looks great. It’s set in the same iteration of the mythical kingdom of Hyrule as 2017’s Breath of the Wild, except this time there are islands floating high above the ground, which the hero Link can visit. The trailer showed off some new twists on telekinetic powers that resulted in such creative and fun open-world mayhem in the original games.

Forza Horizon 5, set in Mexico, is the next Xbox flagship game

Forza Horizon 5
Forza Horizon 5 Photography: Microsoft

2021 has been a very slow year for gaming, thanks to the knock-on effects of the pandemic, but the Xbox Series X will finally have a proper flagship game before the end of the year in the form of Forza Horizon 5, a racing game. / Tourism simulator that takes us to the cities, deserts and jungles of Mexico. Developer Playground Games is known for going out of its way to replicate the real-world beauty of its game settings, doing things like pointing 4K camera rigs at the sky for days to capture the proper lighting in different weather conditions, so this definitely it will be one of the most beautiful games to come out this year.

Devolver Digital was introduced to NFTs and the monetization of the video game industry

The flamboyantly irreverent editor’s slightly insane and slightly dark displays are always the highlight of E3 live broadcasts, but in a year when E3 was nothing more than live broadcasts, this satirical blow to everything. What sucks about the modern games industry (and indeed, the entire corporate world) really hit the mark. With a team of fictional marketing executives going slowly and violently insane, it culminated in the release of a VHS tape of the conference, a Non-Fuckablewith Tape, for sale for $ 1,000. (Someone bought it; Return donated the proceeds to charity.) The one thing I saw this year that really entertained me from start to finish.

A first look at Bethesda’s sci-fi epic, Starfield

Honestly, I would have expected to see more of Starfield, Bethesda’s first all-new open-world game in many, many years. What we got was a trailer that at least showed the aesthetics, which is more realistic than I expected: more NASA to the future than colorful fantasy sci-fi in the style of Outer Worlds. It was confirmed for 2022, and I would bet by the end of the year.

A new spin-off of Final Fantasy invited Internet mockery

The announcement of a new Final Fantasy game: any New Final Fantasy Game – This would normally be cause for widespread celebration on the internet, particularly among millennials who never got over that Final Fantasy 7 was the first video game to make them cry. Unfortunately, the trailer for the Team Ninja spinoff Final Fantasy Origin: Stranger of Paradise was a wild twist and a mistake. The opening words “I am here to kill Chaos. That’s my mission ”precede two and a half minutes of what looks like the music video for a terrible screamo band from the mid-2000s. The word“ chaos ”is said roughly once every 15 seconds. To quote the trailer: the darkness is so thick you can taste that.

A new game based on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is on the way

Guardians of the Galaxy video game art
Guardians of the Galaxy video game art Photography: Square Enix

Made by Eidos Montreal, this Guardians of the Galaxy game is based neither on the MCU nor the comics, but on the developer’s vision of the universe and its characters. Unlike the Avengers Bond of Eidos, this is a single-player game where you play Star-Lord, trying to control unruly members of the most unlikely gang of heroes in the universe. Combat has a Mass Effect 3 twist, in which you command your squad mates’ attacks without taking direct control.

Ubisoft is making an Avatar-based game

Assuming the second Avatar movie actually comes out in 2022, rather than spending eternity in a nebulous development hell, there will be a Ubisoft video game to go along with it. Since Avatar is the most video game-like movie ever made, it has mechs! Boosters! Hostile native wildlife on an alien planet! – This makes sense. The trailer is very attractive, but it tells us almost nothing about the game. However, it is the first thing that Ubisoft is developing exclusively for new consoles, so fittingly for Avatar, it will undoubtedly be technically advanced.

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